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Aggies' balanced attack proved effective in 2020 season

72 days ago
Texas A&M Athletics

NEWS AND NOTES

Mak-Attack

  • Sophomore outfielder/pitcher Makinzy Herzog torched opposing teams in the first 25 games, hitting a .418 clip with 18 extra-base hits and 11 stolen bases.
  • Herzog blossomed into an everyday player in the outfield and on the mound in her first season in the Maroon & White.
  • The Missouri City, Texas, native led the team in runs, hits, home runs and total bases.
  • In the circle, Herzog finished with an 0.82 ERA, going 3-0 with two saves in 25.2 innings pitched. She also struck out 28 batters, ranking third on the team.

Jammin' Jourdyn

  • Freshman Jourdyn Campbell was on track to break the single season record in doubles. She tallied 13 doubles in 26 games. Jana James set the record in 2003 with 21.
  • Campbell finished third on the team with a .329 batting average, while tying for third on the team in hits with 23.
  • The freshman concluded her rookie campaign ranked fourth in the nation with doubles.

Hammering Haley

  • Sophomore catcher/utility Haley Lee played and started in all 26 games for the Aggies.
  • She finished tied for third on the team in hits with 23, was second in doubles with seven, and second in home runs with five.
  • Lee had a .624 slugging percentage and led the team in RBI with 19.
  • The sophomore had a career-high two home runs in one game at No. 10 Kentucky on March 8.

On Point Poynter

  • Junior Kayla Poynter led the Aggies' pitching staff with a 7-2 record and a 1.67 ERA, striking out 54 batters in 58.1 innings of work.
  • In her first outing of the season, Poynter registered a career-high 16 strikeouts vs. Abilene Christian on Feb. 8, 2020. The last time an A&M pitcher earned this milestone was in 2013 by Mel Dumezich.
  • Poynter pitched a complete game three times, with her last appearance coming against No. 10 Kentucky, as the Aggies were victorious 6-3.

Fearless Fortenberry

  • After overcoming UCL surgery in June of 2019, Fortenberry returned to centerfield to start in all 26 games.
  • She finished with 18 runs, 25 hits, four doubles, three triples and 10 RBI.
  • Fortenberry's three triples led the team, while also ranking second in stolen bases with eight.

Clutch Kyndall

  • Redshirt freshman Kyndall Murray transferred to Texas A&M after practicing with the Clemson softball team in 2019. In her first eight at-bats, Murray did not get a hit. In her ninth at-bat at Kentucky, Murray crushed a grand slam, pulling the Aggies within one in the series finale to register her first collegiate hit.

Sizzling Smiths

  • In her freshman season in 2019, Meagan Smith only had three at-bats. In the Aggies' opening weekend, Meagan hit three home runs and finished the season with 10 hits.
  • Her sister Morgan ranked second on the team with a .340 batting average and second with a .660 slugging percentage.
  • Morgan belted four home runs on the year, ranking third on the team. Morgan also finished sixth in the conference in sacrifice flies and fifth in walks per game.

Havin' Fun with Homers

Nine different players recorded a home run this season.

  • Makinzy Herzog...six
  • Haley Lee...five
  • Morgan Smith...four
  • Meagan Smith...three
  • Jourdyn Campbell...two
  • Dani Elder...two
  • Payton McBride...two
  • Ashlynn Walls...one
  • Kyndall Murray...one

Among the Nation

Team

  • Doubles...4th
  • Doubles per Game...9th
  • Stolen Bases per Game...3rd
  • Triples per Game...4th
  • Slugging Percentage...5th

Players

Jourdyn Campbell

  • Doubles...1st
  • Doubles per Game...1st
  • Hits...11th

Kelbi Fortenberry

  • Triples...2nd
  • Triples per Game...3rd

Makinzy Herzog

  • Doubles...2nd
  • Doubles per Game...2nd
  • Total Bases...4th
  • Saves...5th
  • Hits...6th
  • Slugging percentage...6th
  • Runs per Game...8th
  • Stolen Bases per Game...10th
  • Home Runs per Game...12th

Hannah Mayo

  • Saves...5th

Among the Conference

Team

  • Doubles...1st
  • Doubles per Game...1st
  • Walks...23rd
  • Slugging Percentage...26th

Players

Jourdyn Campbell

  • Doubles...2nd
  • Doubles per Game...8th

Kelbi Fortenberry

  • Triples...21st

Makinzy Herzog

  • Doubles...8th
  • Total Bases...15th
  • Saves...23rd
  • Runs per Game...25th
  • Hits...27th
  • Doubles per Game...29th

Hannah Mayo

  • Saves...23rd

Stronger As One

  • #StrongerAsOne was the team's hashtag in 2020, but it meant more than just a hashtag.
  • "Stronger as one has been more than just a hashtag for us this season. It has been a motto that we truly took to heart and applied in our everyday lives. This year's team has been one of the closest teams I've ever been a part of. I whole heartedly believe that we are a team of 25 best friends. We love each other on and off the field, and would go to battle for another any day." - Ashley Daugherty, freshman pitcher

Aggies vs. Opponents

  • Texas A&M outscored its opponents in runs with a 143-99 advantage. The Aggies also had a .516 slugging percentage, compared to their opponents who held a combined slugging percentage of .381.

Improvement from 2019

  • In 2019, A&M hit only 29 doubles on the year, but finished the 2020 shortened season with 51 doubles.
  • In conference play alone, the Aggies hit 14 home runs in 2019. In just one three-game series, A&M reached half of that number with seven homers in SEC action against Kentucky.
  • The Aggies ended the season receiving votes in the USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll.

New Faces

  • Texas A&M welcomed nine newcomers to the 2020 squad with seven freshmen and two transfers.
  • In addition to the players, head coach Jo Evans added Craig Snider and Katie Repole to the coaching staff.
  • Snider served as the Aggies' hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, while Repole was A&M's volunteer assistant coach, focusing on outfielders.

Twinning

  • Texas A&M sophomore sisters Meagan and Morgan Smith are just one of 22 sets of twins in NCAA Division I softball that play on the same team.
  • The twins join 12 other sisters who are not identical on the list and are the only pair in the SEC.

Streaking

  • Makinzy Herzog had an impressive 13-game hitting streak, dating back to Bethune-Cookman on Feb. 20 and ending March 9 vs. No. 10 Kentucky

Home State

  • Texas A&M ranked first in the SEC with the amount of in-state platers on its roster. The Aggies had 80-percent of players from the state of Texas. Other states represented included Georgia, Arizona and California.

Last Time an Aggie

  • Scored four runs...Makinzy Herzog vs. Bethune-Cookman (2/20/20)
  • Had four hits...Makinzy Herzog vs. UC Davis (2/22/20)
  • Had two home runs...Haley Lee at Kentucky (3/8/20)
  • Hit a walk-off...Meagan Smith (single) vs. Sam Houston State (2/26/20)
  • Hit a walk-off in five innings...Makinzy Herzog (double) vs. Binghamton (2/15/20)
  • Had three stolen bases...Makinzy Herzog vs. Bethune-Cookman (2/20/20)
  • Had 16 strikeouts...Kayla Poynter vs. Abilene Christian (2/8/20)

Awards Recap

Makinzy Herzog

  • Softball America's Shortened Season College Top 100 - No. 50

Madi Jatzlau

  • SEC Community Service Team

2020 SEC Graduates

  • Kelbi Fortenberry - Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications and Journalism
  • Blake-Ann Fritsch - Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications and Journalism
  • Kendall Potts - Master of Science in Sport Management